I'm figuring that if there are separate, distinct repositories per release, then a simple "pacman -Syyu" would not upgrade to the next release! (Have I just answered my own question?)
so about me: i have used pacman, and arch, parabola, connochaet os, but not recently.
and not primarily. and i have the same questions as you.
heres what im getting as the answer:
using hyperbola and expecting exactly the same behaviour that you would get from arch is going to be weird sometimes, because it is moving away from rolling, towards lts.
the command youre talking about upgrades rolling. hyperbola is moving towards lts.
these are two different things. so it might be different.
i was in your shoes a few days ago, where i kept asking the same question because it seemed like a very reasonable, very simple question (and probably was) and i kept getting replies that didnt quite answer the question.
and if im getting emulatorman right-- its not because your question isnt reasonable, its because the right answer (about hyperbola) fits a slightly different question. which is why yours keeps not getting quite answered. no one is being obtuse here, theyre just trying to give you the correct answer.
if hyperbola were something i worked on and i could give you an authoritative answer, i would say "we dont know what it will do at this time-- and this is why."
which is what im hearing as the reply. but i could be way off.
im excited though, because i like to offer people a fairly stable system. rolling is never the best option for that. it can be acceptable, but lts is the definition of the thing i like to offer (recommend to) people. which makes hyperbola a better option for me than parabola (let alone arch, i am not a systemd fan.)
"but how do you do an upgrade, then?" you might ask.
i think the answer is "we are working on it..." but again, i could be way off. im new to hyperbola, it has every mark of a work in progress, but i like the direction-- a lot. im not sure i could find an arch-like distro that was closer to what i want in a distro. from what ive learned so far.
but i will definitely have to wait to find out. i might play with hyperbola soon (its on my list) but that might not tell me everything i need to know about its development. because its a work in progress.
i never play with distros by installing first. first i remaster. then i run live. if i really like it, i try the installer. since i can do some upgrades directly onto a live dvd, how to upgrade an installed system isnt always a big deal for me. getting rid of systemd (and all redix-like garbage) is a big deal.
what happened was, a few years ago everything got pretty weird and unstable all of a sudden-- as if a weapon were dropped on the gnu/linux ecosystem. its been pretty weird ever since. everyone is working to work around that-- and its hard not to feel like that was the idea. old simple questions like "does gnome work?" the effect of what happened is far more questions end with "we dont know for sure."
4 years ago, these were simple questions with simple answers. look around, everywhere its a mess. i helped someone install debian 8, then we went to copy stuff from the usb-- vfat, of course.
wait, it wont mount vfat. check if the module is loaded. ok, rmmod, modprobe. its still not mounting. look up the problem of mounting a usb drive on a debian 8 install.
we have to reboot.
WHAT?! we have to REBOOT to mount a usb drive?
the module was right there in lsmod. it just wouldnt run without the reboot. (the reboot fixed it. it was like using anything other than debian, what a scandal.)
redix exists. i think its over a decade since things were this ridiculous.
# mount /dev/sdb1 /home/new/usb # how does this suddenly not work, in one of the most mainstream distros since the 1990s?!
no feature works all the time without a fix. thats really not what this is though. i mean the status quo of the ecosystem is a complete absurdity now. i dont blame hyperbola for that. its par for the course, its endemic these days. blame arch for this one.
every maintainer of a mainstream distribution who chose to step aside and let this take over completely dropped the ball on this. its been 3 or 4 years like this now. it will be a little bit longer.
all in all, its a really epic hack-- one of the most epic of all time. it got a much smaller pwnie than it deserved. what it really earned is some kind of alicorn princess award. ask yourself how many famous hacks took half a decade to fix, when people already knew about them?
kevin mitnick was banned from using computers and worked on social engineering, i dont think people have any idea how destructive that form of hacking can be. most of the redix threat is social engineering. some of it is just bad software design. it takes social engineering to get stuff like that into our ecosystem. and even if you get it off the computer, the damage to the ecosystem is already done.
the halloween documents werent primarily technical, they were about social engineering to disrupt progress. just look how much you can screw up with that. history gives us only small handfuls of merry prankster, whitehat social engineering experts. we need more of them. the world needs more of them. happy hacking.